Carer friendly employers
With 1 in 8 Australian employees being in a caring role, it is likely that a number of your staff or colleagues are providing ongoing care or support for a family member or friend with disability, a chronic health condition, mental health, alcohol or other drug issues, a terminal illness or who is frail aged.
The Carers in Employment Project Officer is able to meet with your senior management/HR staff to discuss how retaining employees in a caring role can benefit your organisation.
We are able to provide resources for your organisation to support carers in the workplace and work with you on policies that will support a flexible workplace. We can also provide sessions for your employees about what carer supports are available to them.
Carer-friendly workplaces make business sense.
The more experienced a staff member, the higher the costs of replacing them if they leave. Employees are more likely to become carers between 45–64 years of age and failing to retain these experienced workers will represent a significant loss of resources and knowledge. Carers are more likely to stay with an employer if their needs for flexibility are met. Implementing carer-friendly provisions is therefore a crucial investment in employee retention.
The benefits of becoming a carer friendly workplace include:
- Endorsement as a ‘Carer Friendly Workplace’ by Carers Australia
- Attraction and retention of staff
- Building a resilient workforce
- Reduction of recruitment and training costs
- Improve staff morale and engagement
- Reduced employee stress and absenteeism
- Increased productivity and improved service delivery
In addition you can engage in a process through the Carers Australia, ‘Work and Care’ Program www.carersaustralia.com.au/work-and-care/ to be endorsed as a ‘Carer Friendly Workplace’ on the Carers Australia Website. Carers WA can assist you through this process.
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